Agri-Tourism Topic of August 16th Meeting

Agri-tourism can create opportunities for farmers to generate income and strengthen the family farm and its connection to the public. Speakers from the Cabarrus County Convention & Visitors Bureau and Rowan County Tourism Development Authority will discuss Agri-tourism and how it can benefit farmers and public alike as well as helping to preserve the rural landscape of NC.

This is a joint meeting of the RCCC Agripreneur Academy & Network, CCFFC, and Lomax Farm. The meeting will be held this Thursday, August 16th from 6 to 8:00 pm. at Lomax Farm, 3345 Atando Road, Concord. There is no cost to attend.

 

 

CCFFC Now On Instragram

Cabarrus County Farm and Food Council now has its own Instagram account! Be sure to follow us on Instagram for the latest news on upcoming meetings and events. Click the link below, or use the link on the homepage of the website.

https://www.instagram.com/ccfarmandfood/?hl=en

Also don’t forget to register for the October 11th movie event, Sustainable. There is no cost to attend but preregistration is required.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ccffc-october-film-event-sustainable-farming-tickets-47902171685?aff=eac2

 

CCFFC May Meeting

Identifying Issues of Importance to Local Farmers will be our May meeting topic. Elizabeth Ann Dover from The Farm at Dover Vineyards will be on hand to share. Other local farmers and producers are encouraged to join us for this open meeting. Thursday, May 10th from 6 to 8 pm at High Branch Brewing Company, 325 McGill Ave., Ste. 148. “No pressure” pot luck, or bring something to share if you are able.

CCFFC April 12th Meeting–Interfaith Efforts to Address Hunger

Join us for a discussion on Interfaith Efforts to Address Hunger. Rev. Dennis Testerman will join us for the discussion and share information on the Cabarrus County CROP Walk for Hunger. The meeting is April 12th from 6 to 8 pm at High Branch Brewing Company, 325 McGill Ave. Feel free to bring a dish to share if you are able.

RCCC Sustainable Agriculture Series

Rowan Cabarrus Community College is offering a series of classes on Sustainable Agriculture starting March 22nd and running through November 15th at Lomax Incubator Farm, Concord. Courses include: 101: Planning, Prep, and Planting; 102: Field and Greenhouse Management; 103: Agribusiness, Marketing, and Design; and 104: Tools, Tips, and Tricks of the Trade.

Individuals can sign up for any or all of the courses. Cost per course is $72.43. Preregistration is required.

www.rccc.edu

March General Meeting

Mark your calendars for CCFFC’s next general meeting, March 8th at 6 pm, at Cabarrus Brewery, 329 McGill Ave. The discussion will center around how best to move CCFFC forward to engage more farmers, producers, and local food advocates–and what key issues and/or projects are most important for our county. We want old and new friends of the council  participate in this important conversation.

CCFFC December Holiday Party

Happy Holidays! CCFFC will join with Lomax farmers and members of the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA) for a very special Holiday Party, Thursday, December 14th from 7 to 9 pm at Cabarrus Brewery, 329 McGill Ave. BBQ will be provided; please bring a side dish if you are able to and don’t forget to RSVP. Aaron@carolinafarmstewards.org

Updated Links–Long-Term Hunger Relief Study

I am sorry about the trouble yesterday with the pdf files. The issue has been resolved and you should now be able to access the Executive Summary, Full Study, and the Circle of Services Diagram.

Congratulations to Jim Dudley (Coordinator for CCFFC Long-Term Hunger Relief Committee), Kelsey Milam (Cabarrus Health Alliance), and Jake Wiltshire (UNC Charlotte), and the Long-Term Hunger Relief Committee for completing their project: The Voices of People with Food Insecurity–Their Preferences for Overcoming Their Food Insecurity Problems. Here is just a sample of what is in the study, “Based on the survey, we found substantial food insecurity at different levels: worry about not having enough food (86%), not able to afford healthy food (85%), not being able to afford enough food generally (83%), cutting the sizes of meals (58%), and skipping some meals (41%); finally, we found over 20 percent of our respondents went without eating for an entire day at different frequencies during the past year.”

Check out the complete study under the “Resources” Tab.